News and Events Archive

Malkara Model Railway Exhibition

Posted on 20 Jul 2018

Come and enjoy the 46th annual Malkara Model Railway Exhibition on August 4 & 5. 

So much to see and do! Enjoy the model train exhibits, great entertainment and yummy food stalls… all while raising money for a terrific cause.

We Can

Posted on 20 Jul 2018

A project that we are very excited about is our entry into a short film competition called Focus on Ability. The competition is held every year and celebrates the abilities of students with disabilities.

One of our classroom teachers, Kerry Burgess, has created a short film called We Can that incorporates images of some of our students and submitted it for the competition. All entries are judged by a panel; they are also included in an online voting forum where visitors to the website can vote for their favourite short film.

You can view We Can here:

Reconciliation Week at Malkara

Posted on 20 Jul 2018

Last term we were very busy at school installing our Bush Tucker Gardens and murals- the project funded by a grant from the Reconciliation Council for Reconciliation week. The work was overseen by Emm Greene, with support from both students and staff.   Everyone enjoyed the contributing. We added our hand prints to the wall around our new possum - it was a lovely sensory experience for all of us! On Wednesday 6th June, students had the opportunity to explore the plants in the garden under the expertise of Adam Shipp, Wiradjuri man. Adam encouraged the students to look at, touch and smell the various plants in the garden and we are now looking forward to later in the year when we will be able to taste some of the fruits as they develop. The opening of our Reconciliation Bush Tucker gardens and outdoor learning spaces was held on Thursday 7th June, with a Welcome to Country led by a Dr Matilda House, Ngambri Elder.

ACT Public Education Awards

Posted on 18 Sep 2017

ACT Public Education Awards: Celebrating Excellence recognise and acknowledge the outstanding contribution of public school leaders, teachers, school support staff and volunteers. Malkara is pleased to announce that Charmayne Tinkler has been nominated for Primary Teacher of the Year and Michelle Fitzgibbon and Nicole Houghton have been nominated for Education Support Person of the Year. Best of luck goes to these amazing staff members. The awards will be announced on Thursday 9 November.

Science Day at Malkara

Posted on 16 Aug 2017

Malkara held a whole school Science Day on 16 August, as part of National Science Week to further continue their learning during their term long science focus. The students rotated around four learning stations throughout the day. They participated to make lava lamps, weave using a variety of materials, construct objects using a variety of recycled materials and boxes and went on a treasure hunt to identify different materials around the school. They were assisted by students from our neighbouring school Saint Peter and Paul. A lot of fun was had throughout the day.

Malkara Model Railway Exhibition

Posted on 08 Aug 2017

The Malkara Model Railway Exhibition (MMRE) was a fantastic weekend full of amazing trains and miniatures, yummy food, quality entertainment and wonderful community spirit. A huge thank you goes out to all who contributed to another successful MMRE. Hope to see you again next year!

Malkara Model Railway Exhibition

Posted on 19 Jul 2017

Come and enjoy the annual MALKARA MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION on 5 and 6 August. There is lots to see and do! Amazing train exhibits, great entertainment, yummy food stalls and much more. A great day out for all the family!

Chief Minister Visit

Posted on 29 May 2017

Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, Yvette Berry, Minister for Education and Childhood Development and Chris Steel MLA, visited Malkara on 25 May. They were taken on a tour of the school by students David and Sophie. The ACT Government is delivering on their commitment to provide better schools across Canberra by upgrading  and expanding classrooms and facilities in local schools. Malkara School will receive an upgrade to the front office and administration area. 

Parent Board Rep Elections

Posted on 21 Feb 2017

Malkara School Board parent representative elections close on Monday 27 February.

Christmas Concert

Posted on 15 Dec 2016

The Malkara Annual Christmas Concert was another huge success! The students performances were highly entertaining and were thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. After the concert the graduating students were bid farewell, as they embark on a new journey in their lives. 

School Review

Posted on 15 Sep 2016

Our School Review panel provided valuable rich feedback.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Posted on 01 Sep 2016

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra visited Malkara with some of their string instruments and entertained the students with a variety of popular tunes. Dancing and singing fun for everyone!

National Support Staff Week

Posted on 18 Aug 2016

This week is National Support Staff Week! Malkara School would like to thank the dedicated team of support staff at Malkara who are passionate educators who advocate for students; the profession; and public schools.

Hydrotherapy Reviews

Posted on 11 Aug 2016

This week consultant hydro physiotherapist Michelle Elmitt has been conducting individual hydrotherapy reviews for the students at Malkara.

Model Railway Exhibition

Posted on 04 Aug 2016

Experience Malkara School this weekend (6 - 7 August) at the annual Model Railway Exhibition. Ride a train, buy original student artwork, support special children.

Model Railway and Scale Model Exhibiton

Posted on 20 Jul 2016

The MALKARA ANNUAL MODEL RAILWAY and SCALE MODEL EXHIBITION is being held on the weekend of 6 and 7 August. Please come and join us over this weekend for a great family day out!

Thank You!

Posted on 04 May 2016

A big thank you to our wonderful sponsors and everyone who made the Malkara trivia night possible.The trivia night is being held this Thursday 5 May at the Hellenic Club, 7pm for 7:30pm. Tickets still available.

Trivia Night

Posted on 16 Mar 2016

Trivia Night

Gather your family, friends and work colleagues to form a table for a night of fun at the Malkara School Trivia Night. Thursday 5 May, 7pm for a 7:30 pm start at the Hellenic Club in Woden. Tickets $25 or $200 for a table of 10. Book online at

Malkara Trivia Night Flier

Save the Date

Posted on 02 Mar 2016

Trivia Night

Thursday 5 May

7pm for a 7:30 start

Hellenic Club Woden

Malkara Christmas Concert and Graduation

Posted on 15 Dec 2015

Another successful Malkara Specialist School Christmas Concert and Graduation took place on Thursday 10 December. This year celebrated the Four Blocks Literacy approach that is used daily in every classroom. The theme was A Trip Down Literacy Lane. Each class superbly performed an item that they based on a familiar text or favourite story, some of which were written by the classes themselves!

Amazing Playground Upgrade

Posted on 15 Dec 2015

It is official the playground upgrade is complete. Many thanks goes to the tireless and hardworking P&C for their commitment and dedication in helping making this wonderful new outdoor space a reality. Thank you must also go to George and Gwyneth Atherton who raised money for the colourful, musical chimes that are just one of the new pieces of equipment available for the students to explore. The students definitely love their new playground.

Malkara Specialist School celebrates Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC).

Posted on 17 Nov 2015

Please watch the following fabulous ABC news story about AAC in action at Malkara.

Malkara School using iPads to enable student communication (doc.28 KB)

Children's Week Celebrations

Posted on 20 Oct 2015

Week 3 is Children's Week and we will be celebrating with a visit from the Petting Zoo on Wednesday 28 October. On Friday 30 October there will be a sausage sizzle and a disco hosted by students from The Woden School. Friday will be a uniform free day. Please join us to celebrate!

Melbourne Cup Experience

Posted on 23 Sep 2015

This year Malkara is thrilled to be in partnership with Danielle Cleary Events and to be the sole beneficiary of monies raised through the Melbourne Cup Experience.

All of the funds raised from this event will go towards the development of a new bespoke, all-abilities playground, as well as specialised equipment and resources for our students. Malkara appreciates the support and generosity given to us by the Canberra Community.

2015 MRE

Posted on 19 Aug 2015

MRE Train The 2015 Model Railway Exhibition was a fabulous weekend of community, generosity and a sense of absolute commitment to the student's at Malkara. A big thank you to the Malkara P&C, the ACT Model Railway Society, exhibitors, patrons, sponsors, entertainers, the media and publicity team, as well as staff, families and friends of Malkara who volunteered their time, energy and support.

Model Railway Exhibition

Posted on 20 Jul 2015

Come and join us for the annual Malkara Specialist School Model Railway Exhibition!

Whether you're a train aficionado or just looking for something interesting to do this weekend… The Malkara Model Railway and Scale Model Exhibition is a great opportunity for the Canberra community to get out and about! Come and look at the huge range of model railways… there are trains to buy… miniature live steam train rides…. and you can even drive your own train! There is a huge Lego Monorail display which takes up half the hall and Victorian doll houses. And did we mention Big Boys Toys and remote controlled tanks running round?  Or the model boats and submarines operating in the school's hydro pool? Or just come for the great food, coffee and sausage sizzle… oh and who doesn't love a Devonshire tea?! There's also the best cake stall in town. There will be great entertainment going all day too, school bands and live performers playing up a storm.

It's the best show in town on a winter weekend… so many model railway exhibits in one place and plenty of entertainment for the whole family!

Birragai Camp

Posted on 23 Jun 2015

Giant Swing Many of Malkara's senior students recently attended a two day camp at Birragai. There were many activities that the students participated in such as: giant swing, cooking damper, roasting marshmallows, disco dancing, riding the flying fox. The students and staffs all had a great time!

Recognition of Service Awards

Posted on 03 Jun 2015

Nine Recognition of Service Awards were presented to staff during Public Education Week. These awards recognise the dedication and loyalty of employees and the contribution they make to the Directorate and to us at Malkara. Many of those presented have been long standing members of our school.


Posted on 03 Jun 2015

Malkara Specialist School has received a national award from the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). This award is for a school/organisation that has shown outstanding recognition and acceptance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for someone who learns, works or participates there.

We were nominated by Jane Farrall and the award was announced at the AGOSCI international conference in Brisbane. We are so excited to receive this award and when it arrives we will celebrate this incredible achievement. Well done Malkara!

Malkara's New Chaplain

Posted on 24 Mar 2015

Malkara School has a new Chaplain, Andrea de Vaal Horciu. Andrea hopes to deliver a service that provides spiritual, ethical and personal support to the school community including students, parents and staff. Andrea hopes to provide support and encouragement when things are going well, but also a listening ear, caring presence and message of hope when extra support is needed. Andrea can be contacted by ringing the front office on 62055911, or on her mobile 0404256714.

Staff PODD Workshop

Posted on 26 Feb 2015

At the beginning of the 2015 school year all teachers and LSAs at Malkara spent a full day learning and refining our skills using the Pragmatically Organised Dynamic Display (PODD) communication system. We worked with speech therapist Hayley Parfett an experienced PODD practitioner who was able to help us further improve our skills to support the communication needs of our student cohort.